KOFO Local News

Two men booked in connection with domestic disturbance

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on December 2, 2014

OTTAWA — Two men were booked into the Franklin County jail early Saturday morning in connection with a domestic disturbance in the 900 block of North King Street. Jason Wylie,40, Ottawa, booked for suspicion aggravated battery in connection with the beating of a 41-year-old Ottawa woman, Ottawa police said. Joshua Tipton, 32, Topeka, was also booked by Ottawa police for obstruction of the legal process.
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.

Teens injured in crash on I-35

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on December 2, 2014

LeLOUP — Three teens were taken to area hospitals for what the Franklin County Sheriff’s office described as non-life-threatening injuries Saturday morning along I-35 near LeLoup. Kayla Bowen, 16, Gardner, was driving north on I-35 near the Tennessee Road interchange when she lost control of her car and struck a metal utility pole, the sheriff’s office said. She and two passengers in the vehicle were injured. The department didn’t identify passengers.
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.

Garnett ethanol plant to expand

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on December 2, 2014

GARNETT — The East Kansas Agri-Energy ethanol plant at Garnett has started an expansion that allow it to produce bio-diesel. The expansion will create an estimated 12 to 15 new jobs when it goes on-line next fall, EKAE chief executive officer Jeff Oestmann said. The company will invest between $12 million and $16 million for the project. The ethanol plant expansion will produce diesel fuel from corn distillers oil, which is already produced at the plant. It will also be able to use other oil such as oybean oil, animal fat and grease, and so-called “yellow” grease, which is waste collected from commercial restaurants and other cooking facilities. That flexibility will allow the plant to use whichever is cheapest at any given time to produce diesel, or whether to sell its own corn oil or use it for diesel production, he said.
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.

Jennings memorial hit by driver

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on December 2, 2014

OTTAWA — Ottawa police say a vehicle struck a memorial to Joseph Jennings in the 2000 block of South Princeton and then left the area late Friday night. Police said the case is under investigation. The memorial is near where Jennings was shot and killed by Ottawa police and Franklin County deputies. It’s the second time the memorial has been struck by a hit-and-run driver.
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.

One Cent Sales Tax

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on December 1, 2014

OTTAWA–It seems things are pretty much set in concrete as to how large the proposed sales tax election will be next June.  Voters will be asked to renew Ottawa’s half cent sales tax plus another half cent for economic development.  The Ottawa City Commission is expected to make several key decisions on the matter this week.

Monday, Dec. 1, 5:55 pm

Seven-footer gets 30 months for Pomona bank heist

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 25, 2014

KANSAS CITY – A seven-foot-tall man who robbed the Goppert State Service Bank at Pomona on March 19 will go to federal prison. Caleb Jeffcoat, 26, Quenemo, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison Monday, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. Earlier, Jeffcoat pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery. During the robbery, Jeffcoat wore a black ninja mask belonging to a co-defendant’s son and carried a BB gun modified to look like a real gun. Investigators used surveillance photos and other information to identify Jeffcoat, who was arrested two days after the robbery, Grissom said. Earlier, Robert Martin, Quenemo, was sentenced to 30 months for taking part in the bank robbery. A Quenemo woman, Christel Collins, awaits sentencing.
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.

Ottawa KFC building sold

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 25, 2014

OTTAWA – The former KFC building in the 2100 block of South Princeton in Ottawa has been sold. The property is owned by the First State Bank and Trust of Tonganoxie. The bank’s president Bill New said a letter of intent for the sale has been signed. New declined to name the buyer, saying the final paperwork is still being done. However, he said the new owner would be an asset to Ottawa. He said the process should be completed in about a month or so.
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.

State says it has plan to prevent closing of Osawatomie State Hospital

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 25, 2014

OSAWATOMIE – State officials say they have a three-stage plan to make sure Osawatomie State Hospital keeps its federal funding. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has given the state until Dec. 8 to address overcrowding and other concerns at the hospital or lose Medicare and Medicaid funds, in effect shutting down the hospital. The state has been working with CMS and the fixes include so-called “fire watch” room checks when the facility is over its capacity, and changes in nursing and pharmacy procedures, Kansas Dept. for Aging and Disability Services spokeswoman Angela De Rocha told the Kansas Health Institute News Service. The fire-watch checks involve having two staff members check each hospital room once an hour when the facility is above its limit. Osawatomie State Hospital is the largest of the state’s two in-patient facilities for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Most of the hospital’s patients have been admitted because they have been declared a danger to themselves or others. Some mental health experts as Kyle Kessler said Gov. Sam Brownback has come up with a workable plan to improve mental health services in the state. However, he sayid legislators must agree to fund Brownback’s plan.
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.

ALCO retail chain to be liquidated

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 25, 2014

GARNETT – Discount retailer ALCO announced Friday that it is closing all 198 stores, including the store in Garnett. The Garnett store said it is conducting a going-out-of-business sale. The announcement came a day after  a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas approved a plan by three holding companies – Tiger Capital Group, SB Capital Group and Great American Group – to sell the the 113-year-old retail chain’s holdings, including its distribution center in Abilene, to a “stalking horse” liquidation firm. During the liquidation sale, the company plans to sell $260 million of inventory, fixtures and equipment. According to the Wall Street Journal, ALCO filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after the board of directors was replaced following a proxy fight in which key shareholders demanded a reversal of lagging sales. ALCO had operated stores, mostly in smaller rural communities mostly in the Midwest, to avoid head-to-head competition with larger discount chains, such as Wal-Mart and Target. However, in recent recent years, ALCO said in its bankruptcy papers that it couldn’t escape the effects of the on-going economic distress affecting much of the U.S. In its filing, ALCO said many of its customers are living on fixed or low incomes in rural areas – those especially hard-hit by the long-running and lingering recession.  The chain originally started in Abilene as a small five-and-dime store called Duckwall’s, which expanded to other small communities. The company later added ALCO stores. The last Duckwall’s was closed in Hettinger, N.D., four years ago. After a series of ownership changes and and after one Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, the corporate headquarters was moved from Kansas to Coppell, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, a year and a half ago. The closing will end approximately 3,000 retail jobs nation-wide.
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.

Ottawa man booked for arson

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 25, 2014

OTTAWA – A 57-year-old Ottawa has been booked by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department for suspicion of aggravated arson. The bond for David Huffman was set at $15,000. The sheriff’s office said Huffman was also booked for trafficking contraband into a correctional facility.  No bond was set.
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.

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